Eduardo Paim, the creator of the musical genre called Kizomba, is well-cherished in the Latin Dance community for being one of the most influential musicians in Latin music history. He is internationally renowned as the godfather of Kizomba music.
Born in Angola in the 1980s, Kizomba music is a blend of Kilapanga, Semba, and Angolan Merengue. Semba is the traditional Angolan music. As compared to Semba, Kizomba has a more sensuous rhythm. It’s slower and more romantic than Semba. As the principal language of Angola is Portuguese, therefore Kizomba songs are mostly sung in Portuguese. Coming from the Bantu term “Kimbundu”, Kizomba means fiesta or party. The forefathers of Kizomba are Eduardo Paim and his band SOS that he founded in 1982.
Though it was the album “Luanda minha banda” Eduardo Paim made his successful debut with, his real breakthrough is considered “Do kaiaia” which was his second recording in 1992.
This album exceeded 50,000 copies. Later on, he released the album “Kambuengo” which was a great success too. “Ka-Ne-La” “Rosa baila” and “Chindu a tempo” are still on the top of the list of his popular songs.
The father of Kizomba, Eduardo Paim, calls himself “the precursor of Kizomba”. According to him, it was in the early 80s that the process of creating Kizomba started. There were two groups, namely SOS and Afro Sound Star (ASS). The use of kilapanda (type of music and dance from Angola. It is related to semba and kizomba, two other popular genres of Angolan music) as a reference style by the group Afro Sound Star inspired him a lot. Moreover, traditional African music such as Semba also contributed to his inspiration for the development of a new music genre. Today, kizomba is danced worldwide.
Just like everything else in this world, Eduardo Paim also had his ups and downs in his journey to music. Having said that, a time came when his schedule was just reduced to one show per year from six shows a month! At this point, he dreamed to build up his own record studio, and started working for it. And yes, he succeeded in earning a name as a producer in Angolan music industry. He named his studio “EP Studios”. Being a producer, he supported many Angolan singers of the new generation. With his release of the album “Maruva na taca” he made his comeback to the music industry in 2006.
Eduardo Paim with Paulo Flores
Though it was the album “Luanda minha banda” Eduardo Paim made his successful debut with, his real breakthrough is considered “Do kaiaia” which was his second recording in 1992. This album exceeded 50,000 copies. Later on, he released the album “Kambuengo” which was a great success too. “Ka-Ne-La”, “Rosa baila”, and “Chindu a tempo” are still on the top of the list of his popular songs.
Many musicians of the new generation of Angolan music participated in his album “Maruva na Taca”. Yuri da Cunha, Nancy Vieira, Paulo Flores, Big Boss, and Bonga are to name a few. He also released his new cd “Etu mu dietu” a long period after “Maruva na taca”. You can keep yourself updated about his shows and releases by subscribing to Eduardo Paim Official Channel on YouTube.
Eduardo Paim, the father of Kizomba, has given birth to such a music genre that knows no borders. Known for having a sensuous, slow, and insistent rhythm, Kizomba is danced not just in Angola but also in other African countries and in USA and Europe as well. Moreover, Kizomba is also gaining a lot of fame in China, especially in cities such as Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Beijing.